In the beginning stages of a mentoring relationship, simple conversations start laying healthy foundations, but for a worthwhile mentoring bond to grow, conversations must go deeper (e.g., visions conveyed, fears to be shared, stories and jokes to be told, passions portrayed and goals stated).
Ministries (or religious institutions) utilizing mentoring principles are considered progressive advocates as this concept calls for advanced standards of leadership and spiritual formation. And, if done correctly, not only the mentee and mentor benefit by becoming stronger leaders, but the entire organization as a whole!
Listen to your intuition. It will positively guide you forward to help you select the perfect mentor for you. Purposefully spending time with a person you respect, enjoy and trust will prove to be powerful “witness” for your spiritual and emotional health!
Someone who believes in you
Every one of us needs and deserves affirmation, especially when distractions, lack of direction, too many choices or imperfection is present. Mentors often become your greatest champion.
Someone who provides a role model
Since a mentor has faced their own hang-ups, demons,’ questions, and life journey, they can effectively support you when you can’t always see it for yourself.
Someone to advocate your spiritual growth
By achieving (and maintaining) mental, physical, and spiritual balance, a mentor sets the groundwork for you to do the same.
Someone who listens and provides trusted counsel
Given the depth of knowledge and work by your mentor, they can offer objective input, as well as ask tough questions, to assist you in reaching your personal and spiritual goals.
Someone who operates as an ‘accountability coach’
Having a mentor who sees your potential and skills can call you to a higher level of accountability, thereby inviting you to become more dependable, integrity-based, and extraordinary within yourself.